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    rather than Ving

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    40. Many young people today work hard to travel around the world
    ______ having children, or even starting a family.
    (A) as well as (B) on behalf of (C) instead of (D) rather than

    The correct answer is option C. Is option D also acceptable?


    The American Heritage Book of English Usage (1996) page.56
    https://books.google.com.tw/books?id...CdwssC&pg=PA56
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    Re: rather than Ving

    Yes.

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    Re: rather than Ving

    Both options are acceptable. Which option is more idiomatic?
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    Re: rather than Ving

    Both are correct, acceptable and idiomatic.

    I'd use 'rather than', but that's a personal choice.

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    Re: rather than Ving

    This is being picky, but I prefer C).

    The first part of the sentence is basically, "people do something". "Instead of" fits that better.

    If the first part was of the form, "people prefer something", then I'd go with "rather than".

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    Re: rather than Ving

    Traditionally, instead of is a preposition used like rather than, and the two constructions are often used interchangeably: We had spaghetti instead of (or rather than)pizza. The constructions are frequently used with participles in comparisons in which the alternate entity is a main verb: Instead of (or rather than) taking the bus, we walked to the theater. Rather than has a further use as a conjunction when the comparison is of one main verb with another: We took the bus rather than walk. In these constructions, instead of is sometimes used as wellsomething that, under the word's traditional categorization as a preposition, would seem a grammatical error. But in our 2005 survey, 63 percent of the Usage Panel allowed the sentence We would have liked to buy instead of rent, but prices were just too high. Writers should bear in mind, however, that this use of instead ofis somewhat informal.

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